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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert McCarthy joined The Buffalo News in 1982 and has been political reporter since 1992. A native of Schenectady, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University.


Columns

Impress your friends at holiday gatherings with these political factoids: • Democratic committee members from the Erie County Legislature’s 7th District will select a successor to Legislator Pat Burke on Monday following his November election to the Assembly. It’s standard procedure, with the Legislature usually following the committee’s recommendation with an appointme…

Local News

Just as Buffalo Niagara International Airport celebrates its new award for the best passenger experience among North America’s medium sized hubs, its administrators now aim to make it even better. After years of planning, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority this month will launch a project now pegged at $80 million to accommodate the continued passenger growth…

Politics

Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., the Erie County comptroller who all but declared his candidacy for county executive earlier this year, said Thursday he will not oppose incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz in 2019. The Republican acknowledged he was raising money and seriously considering a county executive race earlier in 2018, but he also said “everything changed” when Rep. C…

Amherst

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will host a public meeting to seek community input on its proposal for extending Metro Rail to the University at Buffalo’s North Campus and beyond. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst. “For more than 30 years, our community has considered increa…

Local News

Too much money for those quick NEXUS lanes over the region’s international bridges? Ditto for that card to breeze through airport security? Now travel officials are offering a sweet deal for NEXUS cards at two new “Trusted Traveler” kiosks unveiled Tuesday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, making easy passage through security at airports and bridges affor…

Columns

Give Democrat Nate McMurray credit. The Grand Island supervisor who challenged Republican Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District finally switched off his campaign’s life support on Monday. A count of outstanding ballots confirmed he could not overcome Collins’ slim, 1,000-vote lead. He conceded, strongly hinted he will run again for office, and promised to …

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Robert E. Davis recalled the day back in 2000 when he picked up George H.W. Bush at Cheektowaga’s Prior Aviation as the former president arrived for a Buffalo fundraiser. Then Erie County Republican chairman, Davis said he figured Bush would be in no mood for small talk. A former president of the United States, after all, would have places to go and people to see during…

Local News

Officials of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Wednesday decorated their Cheektowaga facility with one of the aviation industry’s most prestigious awards – the J.D. Power  ranking as number one in customer satisfaction among North American medium-sized hubs. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority hosted a morning event featuring its top leaders as well…

Columns

It’s a big weekend for leftovers. Here are some from Election ’18: • Sean Bunny is suddenly popular again among the 27th Congressional District’s “Wednesday morning quarterbacks.” The Erie County assistant district attorney and Army veteran’s name has entered all kinds of conversations in recent days following Nate McMurray’s narrow loss to Congressman Chris Collins (th…

Local News

Citing “extensive irregularities in the voting process,” Democrat Nate McMurray is not conceding defeat to Republican incumbent Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District election. McMurray said Wednesday he will consult with his attorneys to determine his next step, despite a Tuesday count of outstanding ballots that Erie County elections officials now say makes …

Politics

Elections officials declared indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins the apparent winner of the 27th Congressional District election Tuesday — but not by a lot. Barring court action, Collins, a Republican, triumphed over Democrat Nate McMurray by 1,384 votes across the district when all outstanding absentee ballots were counted during a long day at the Erie County Board of Ele…

Politics

Two top lieutenants of G. Steven Pigeon, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to bribery in state and federal courts, admitted to their own election law crimes in State Supreme Court on Tuesday. David B. Pfaff and Kristy Mazurek, key elements of the Western New York Progressive Caucus fund that first drew the attention of state and federal investigators, pleaded guilty …

Local News

Transit planners have made major changes to the route of Metro Rail’s proposed extension to Amherst, hoping to significantly reduce the length of its underground section, expand economic development opportunities and save $200 million. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority plans now call for northbound trains to exit University Station directly to Niagara Falls Boul…

Columns

There must be something in the water down there in South Buffalo. Whenever voters in the 142nd District – which includes Lackawanna, West Seneca and Orchard Park – send a representative to the Assembly, an independent streak appears required. Maybe even stubborn, recalcitrant, and certainly unwilling to play ball Albany-style. Brian Higgins started the ancient and re…

Local News

Wherever Rep. Chris Collins appeared on the campaign trail this election season, so did Stefan Mychajliw. At a diner in Boston, a sportsmen's gathering in Hamburg, the Ontario County Republican Dinner in Geneva, a meet-and-greet in Lewiston and countless other stops throughout the 27th Congressional District, Mychajliw shadowed the GOP incumbent at every turn. Collin…